Gaijin Entertainment announced that combat helicopters will join the vehicular combat MMO War Thunder with update 1.81 (The Valkyries). Players will be able to fly an increasing number of helicopters from the Korean War and Cold War periods. The first batch to be introduced are choppers from the United States and Soviet Union, with other nations coming online later.
In War Thunder, combat helicopters will be available in separate research trees. Players can access them as soon as they’ve reached their first rank V aircraft or tank of a corresponding nation.
The Valkyries will include several helicopters of Rank V and VI for the United States and Soviet Union, with players able to choose from a wide array of authentic designs and weapon presets, including fixed and rotating cannons and machine guns, grenade launchers, cannon and launcher pods, different calibers of unguided rockets, bombs, as well as Anti-Tank Guided Missiles.
Initially, players will be able to use their helicopters in combined-arms battles in all difficulty modes. With their ability to hover and fly at low altitude at reasonable speeds between 200 and 300 km/h, helicopters particularly excel in ground attack duty, compared to assault aircraft or tactical bombers. At the same time, those characteristics make them potentially vulnerable to attacks both from the ground and air, especially when hovering still above ground.
Therefore, helicopter pilots must learn to use their maneuverability and surrounding environment to their advantage by stealthily hunting for their targets and evading incoming fire using their surroundings. With future Updates, a dedicated “helicopter vs. helicopter” game mode may be introduced, with them also potentially becoming a part of the game’s air battles.
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